The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard
Date of Auction: 31st March 2010
Sold for £1,900
Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400
FootnoteEx Gascoigne Collection, 1909.
Robert Offer was born near Oxbridge, Somerset and enlisted in the Foot Guards in Dublin in June 1813, aged 19 years. Subsequently present in the Waterloo campaign as a member of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry D’Oyly’s Company in the 3rd Battalion, his unit sustained casualties of just over 600 killed or wounded - some of them as a result of the fighting for the vital cross roads at Quatre Bras on the 16 June, but many more on the 18th, when the unit famously repulsed the final charge of the French Grenadiers under Ney. Offer went on to serve in Paris and Cambrai 1815-18, as part of the Army of Occupation, and was finally discharged in consequence of ‘chronic catarrh and rheumatism’ in October 1835, after 22 years with the Colours - his discharge papers noting the award of a further two years service in respect of the Waterloo campaign.